PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
Section: 002 Twins and What They Teach Us About Identity, Genes, and Environment
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Other:
FYSem
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Cost:
50-100
Advisory Prerequisites:
Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
May not be included in a concentration plan in Psychology.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Throughout time and across cultures twins have been a source of special fascination, and recently as the rate of twining has increased, practical issues regarding twin’s development demands greater attention. This seminar will examine the experience and lessons of twinship. We will review research on how being a twin, and how raising twins, affects twin’s identity. We will also consider what these data, and the metaphor of twinship found in literature and film, teach us about identity, relationships, good vs. evil, life options, symmetry, and soul mates. The behavior genetics research involving twins to disentangle effects of heredity and environment will also be reviewed in order to gain an understanding of effects of nature and nurture in general. The seminar will begin with an overview of the context of twining across time and culture. In particular in the variety of rates of twining and in beliefs about twins will be considered. We will then investigate how being conceived and experiencing each developmental milestone with another effects one’s sense of self and identity. Finally, we will examine how scientists have utilized the natural variance in genes and environment between identical and fraternal twins, siblings, and nonrelated individuals who have been either raised together or apart to disentangle effects of nature and nurture on development and aging. By the end of the course students should have a better appreciation of the uniqueness of growing up as a twin, how this experience affects one’s identity, and how twin development and aging illuminates development and aging in general. In addition, the ways in which both our genes and environment affect our biology, behavior, and thought will be elucidated. The course involves a heavy workload and relies extensively on a course web site. All assignments are described on the web site and are to be submitted through it. The web site also contains topic outlines, links to relevant readings and research materials, and places for student discussion. It is essential that all students do reading and writing assignments before the class in which they are covered. Students also are expected to participate actively in class and web discussions. Class sessions will mostly involve student discussion, but will also include instructor lecture, group work, student presentations, and videos. Grades will be based on the number of points accumulated by completing assignments and exams and participating in class and web discussions.

PSYCH 120 - First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science
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Note: Global Perspectives on Social Justice: Asian American Experience. Meets with UC 151
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13337
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MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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13338
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WF 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Required class meeting 6-8 pm on Saturday, October 27 or Sunday, October 28, 1-3 pm.
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27790
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31425
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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